18 Tiny Deaths

by Bruce Goldfarb | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 9781492680482 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 4/22/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, April 22, 2021
I got this softcover at Toadstool Books in Nashua. It's a biography of Frances Glessner Lee, whose incredibly-detailed miniature crime scenes were a hallmark of early forensic science. (The book Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death includes closeup photos and descriptions of many of the scenes, definitely worth a look!)

Turns out Lee is something of a local girl in a way, though from Chicago - her family's summer home in the White Mountains of NH, The Rocks, is still there, though now a public historic site with hiking trails and such. Will have to make a trip up there one of these days! Anyway, I hadn't realized how wealthy her family was, but it turns out that was key to her success in pushing for improved forensic education; she was able to leverage Harvard itself by throwing money at the problem {wry grin}. Useful in a time when women weren't welcome on medical boards or in police departments... Anyway, she had an interesting life, and a friendship with one of her brother's pals, a man named George Magrath, who became medical examiner in Boston for 30 years (his tenure including some dramatic incidents, from the tragic Molasses Flood to the devastating Cocoanut Grove fire). That friendship piqued her interest in things medico-legal, from human anatomy to crime-scene evidence. She had a talent for creating detailed miniature scenes, used in her youth to make a lifelike representation of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (!), and when brainstorming for ways to help teach police officers how to properly handle and investigate crime scenes she got the idea to make 3D miniature scenes so detailed that people could deduce the facts of the case through careful observation.

From the sound of things, Lee wasn't always that easy to get along with, and sometimes did throw her weight around, but she was instrumental in encouraging a movement towards more rigorous forensic education - and those miniatures are still awesome! An exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum includes on-line images and a VR option - click here to see more.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, October 8, 2021

Released 1 wk ago (10/8/2021 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm adding this to the Crime Scene/Mystery bookbox (bookbox journal with list of choices and replacements here); the box will be on its way to its next stop soon.

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Journal Entry 3 by waternixie at Everett, Washington USA on Thursday, October 14, 2021
From the Crime Scene book box. I'll be passing this on.
I have a friend who might be interested in this.

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